Pinterest Changes – And What They Mean for Prompts

Most of us have noticed the Pinterest changes over the last six months. Pins now have editable titles, an individual pin’s page has a new layout, and, most importantly, descriptions have practically disappeared.

This makes posting anything with a description, like a writing prompt, frustrating.

We at My Storytelling Mind are working on a solution to keep daily prompts happening while making sure everyone can see and read them. Any suggestions you have are, as always, welcome. We do already have most prompts backed up, which means our currently selected solution is rather simple.

To begin with, all currently existing prompts will be posted in the blog, like the prompt update posts we’ve done before. All the Juicer-powered grids on the website – on the Prompts page and for the Randomizer, for example – still display all descriptions as well.

We’ll keep everyone updated through the website here and the Pinterest boards over the next few weeks as we try to make up for Pinterest’s new flaws.

Have an idea to make MSM prompts easier to see every day? Let us know!

Pinterest: A Writer’s Toolbox

Many writers feel that sense of shyness around their writing, hesitant to share their work with the outside world. Pinterest forced my words into the open and helped to establish a disconnect; my writing isn’t my baby to shield from the world, it’s a form of art that should be shared. Whether or not my writing is high or low art is a subject for debate, but letting it be free turned out to be much more satisfying than I expected.

I started posting blurbs and prompts on Pinterest over a year ago, and the collection has grown consistently. The prompts will double-post on here; the site will start at #1, while the Pinterest continues from the most recent number. When a blurb or prompt grows into a story idea, likely to keep developing, the idea gets its own storyboard. These storyboards do not encompass all my work, but are a visual addendum.

Daily Writing Blurb: Prompt #1

Linked above is the very first prompt written and featured on my Pinterest, inspired by the photograph used. Most of the prompts written are inspired by or based on images that I did not create myself. Instead, I start from that visual inspiration and develop it into a written blurb, something anyone can use to further create their own story. Like a virtual plot bunny jar, you can pick a random number between #1 and the most recent number (currently #658) to find a workable prompt, for nearly any possible genre.

Check out Bits & Baubles; Bits & Baubles, Part 2; and Writer, for writing tips and motivation!